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01/11/2017
An advert for a Projectomatic automated projection machine.

Used with permission from Screen International.
Projection box - Royalty Cinema, Birmingham (1953)

05/10/2017
Photographs of the projection box at the A.B.C. Royalty cinema, Birmingham during the 1950s.
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19/09/2017
Two members of the projection staff in the projection box at the Bristol Cinema, Birmingham in 1953.
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19/09/2017
Photograph of the projectors in the projection box at the Orient Cinema, Birmingham in the early 1950s.
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19/09/2017
A photograph of the projection room at the Piccadilly Cinema, Birmingham in 1952.
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The photograph of the projection team in the box at the Royalty Cinema, Birmingham in 1954. Bill Pearson appears second from the right (with cat!).
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19/09/2017
Joan Pearson in the projection room at the A.B.C. Orient cinema, Birmingham (1951)
Bill Pearson - Ternhill (1951)

19/09/2017
A photograph of Bill Pearson projecting at R.A.F. Ternhill in 1951 whilst on National Service. Image © Joan and Bill Pearson

22/03/2017
Projectionist Joan Pearson describes some of the work she was expected to do as a woman in projection. This included cleaning the canopy on the cinema roof and maintaining the boiler.

21/03/2017
Projectionist Joan Pearson describes the process and problems of showing 3-D films.

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes the work that she was expected to do around the cinema.

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes getting the first Projectomatic automation machine in Coventry in the late 1950s. She also gives her unfavorable opinion of her male counterparts.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the separation of spaces in cinema projection rooms.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of changing-over a film including replacing the carbon rods in the arc lamps.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his morning routine and the process of cleaning the projection box.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his experience of the arrival of digital projection, the changes in the number of projectionists over time, getting used to using the digital projector and the benefits of digital on picture…

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes a Welsh cinema with unconventional entry policies, comparing it so scenes from the comedy film The Smallest Show on Earth.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of rehearsing film to get them ready for screening.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes undertaking publicity activities, including borrowing an elephant from a visiting circus.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams provides an overview of presentation and showmanship in cinemas. He outlines how he was trained by the chief to uphold particular aesthetic standards and the impact that this has on the experience of the audience.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of selecting music to be played in the auditorium prior to film screenings.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams discusses the impact of working routines on mealtimes.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of making-up film prints ready for screening and breaking them down once finished.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the other duties carried out by projectionists outside the projection box including an accident where he fell through the ceiling of the cinema auditorium during a film screening.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the importance for projectionists’ work to be invisible.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the impact of promotion on his relationships with other cinema workers.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes his early experiences of cinema-going as a child, his developing fascination with cinemas and the atmosphere and smell of cinemas.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams tells the story of how he accidentally destroyed a print of A Woman in a Dressing Gown.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes his relationship with his chief projectionist at the ABC (Olympia) Cardiff, Frank Saunders.

03/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the projectionist’s duties when the film was on screen, noting the importance of checking films during screenings.

01/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams explains the process of changing over from one projector to another between reels.

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